Jimmy Rollins enters tonight with a .694 OPS, which is notable because that was his final OPS in his miserable 2010 season, when he played in just 88 games and hit .243 with a .320 on base percentage and .374 slugging percentage. The shortstop's season has been typical of this year's team. He got off to a horrendous start, hitting just .235/.283/.271 in the month of April. From May 1 to the All-Star Break he posted a solid .779 OPS (.266/.322/.457) with eight home runs in 267 at-bats. But since the All-Star Break, he is hitting .196/.265/.385, albeit with six home runs in 148 at-bats.
So it probably isn't surprising that Rollins is not in the lineup tonight against Reds righty Johnny Cueto, who will face one of his chief competitors for the NL Cy Young Award in Cole Hamels.
In his post-game press conference last night, Charlie Manuel seemed to dwell on the poor approach of his team, which managed just four hits against Bronson Arroyo and Aroldis Chapman. When asked about the team's approach, he brought up Rollins' name unprompted. He didn't really say anything really critical. Just kind of talked randomly about getting good balls to hit, which is usually a pretty good sign that Manuel is less than pleased with what he is seeing out of somebody.
The the other bit of news: former Phillie Wilson Valdez gets the start for the Reds at second base.
Anyway, here is tonight's lineup:
1. Juan Pierre LF
2. Kevin Frandsen 3B
3. Chase Utley 2B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Domonic Brown RF
6. Laynce Nix CF
7. Erik Kratz C
8. Michael Martinez SS
9. Cole Hamels LHP